Boise's Rep. Cronin Selected Among “Rising Stars” In Governance

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is always nice when the political light in Idaho shines on someone other than a Republican. I became impressed with Idaho's House Minority Caucus Chairman Brian Cronin, D-Boise, in 2008, after experiencing a series of negative racial incidents. This elected leader stood up and offered support and solutions.

The Aspen Institute selected 24 of America’s leading public officials to participate in the Institute’s bipartisan Aspen-Rodel Fellowship program. Cronin is among them.

The fellowship program, now in its seventh year, is focused on transcending political partisanship and focusing attention on over-arching questions of leadership and governance.

“Fellows are selected based on their reputations for intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a willingness to work across party lines to seek solutions to public problems. We are pleased to welcome this year’s class of Fellows as they continue to make a difference in our public lives across the country,” said Former Congressman Mickey Edwards, the director of the program.

I’m deeply humbled by the honor and recognition that this fellowship represents,” said Cronin. “I look forward to getting to know and learning from some very accomplished public servants. And in today’s highly polarized political environment, this program is an amazing and unique opportunity to look past our differences and explore strategies and frameworks for solving the many challenges currently facing our country and our states in more collaborative and productive ways. The skills, ideas, and insights that I will take away will no doubt serve me well in my work in the Idaho Legislature.
Cronin was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and became Minority Caucus Chairman in 2010. He represents Idaho’s District 19, which includes Boise’s North End, East End, downtown, Foothills, Highlands, Warm Springs Mesa, and Harris Ranch. Cronin is the owner of Cronin & Associates, a marketing and communications firm he founded in 2003. He and his wife Veronica also own and operate Garabatos Spanish Preschool, which they founded in 2006.

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